Japan wants to continue killing whales for scientific research that simply is research in name only, for the purpose of providing whale meat to people who do not wish to eat it. The meat is stored in warehouses for years at great expense with the hope that the people will change their minds, forgetting that the only reason Japanese people ate whale meat in the first place is that after World War II they did not have any choice. It beat boiling leather shoes for soup.
Whaling and the dolphin slaughter in Taiji are turning Japan into an embarrassment in the international community, a nation that kills what most of the rest of the world cherishes and respects. People like Joji Morishita, Japan's Commissioner to the IWC, need to realize that Japan is no longer a nation of desperate blubber chewers. Japan is far too sophisticated and aware of the serious ecological and conservation issues in the world. The Institute for Cetacean Research simply does not represent modern Japanese views.
Whaling is a dead industry. The problem is that entrenched Japanese bureaucrats and politicians have not accepted the inevitable. Their salaries and kickbacks depend on whaling.